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Luxury Living: Homes for you and your horses

It’s the 145th Kentucky Derby on 4 May, and if your horse is dreaming of winning it by a nose, here are five estates where your ambitious equine can get in shape — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

This world-class 44.5-acre equestrian estate in Cobb County, Georgia, features a custom-designed 12-stall barn, riding arena with viewing deck, and over 25 acres of pastures and paddocks. The magnificent main residence is a French-inspired stone manor house with grandly appointed living and reception areas surrounded by formal gardens with a pool and poolhouse. A circa 1867 farmhouse serves as a caretaker's home. The estate is just 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Atlanta and 45 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

This Argentinian horse ranch has a prized location in the exclusive Santa María de Lobos Polo Club, 62 miles southwest of Buenos Aires in the heart of the Pampas. The two-story, 10,376-square-foot hacienda-style residence overlooks the club’s main polo field and features a living room with fireplace, family room, office, kitchen, lower-level media area, courtyard, and wraparound verandah. The property includes a pool with solarium, a separate guest house, and state-of-the-art equestrian complex with six stables, a floodlit Olympic-sized jumping arena, and fenced paddocks.

Stillmeadow Farm in Stonington, Connecticut, is one of the region’s great estates. Comprising 99 acres of pasture and woodland, the property (also pictured top) was once famous for its championship Thoroughbred racehorses. The centrepiece is a historic main residence, beautifully restored for the 21st century. A state-of-the-art 7,000-square-foot barn with two-bedroom manager’s apartment, an elegant post-and-beam guest house, several outbuildings, a sunken tennis court, and an outdoor pool with poolhouse are among the amenities.

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No expense has been spared in the construction of one of Sydney’s finest lifestyle estates in Duffys Forest. Surrounded by five acres of fully-fenced paddocks, lawns, and award-winning landscaped gardens, the luxurious seven-bedroom main residence is complemented by entertainment terraces and a half-Olympic-sized heated pool. The equestrian facilities include a floodlit jumping arena, round pen, six stables, feed and tack rooms, a wash bay, nine paddocks with shelters, and a galloping track around the perimeter of the estate.

This unique equestrian property comprises a charming family home and an attached riding school on more than three acres in the Algarve countryside. The outstanding facilities for horse and rider include an 80-seat indoor arena, a 600-seat outdoor arena, a 12-stall stable block with automatic feeders, seven additional competition stalls, a harness room, saddling enclosure, paddocks and corrals. A long drive flanked by lush hedgerows leads to the four-bedroom main residence, which features a beautiful stone terrace overlooking the outdoor arena.